Squatting Toe Balance

Definition - What does Squatting Toe Balance mean?

Squatting toe balance is an intermediate toe-balancing yoga posture that serves as a preparatory pose for more advanced squats and balances; including the full toe balance pose, in which the yogi balances on one foot.

In squatting toe balance, the yogi drops into a deep squat with knees together, raises onto the toes and rests the buttocks on the heels. The hands are in prayer position and the gaze is forward.

Yogapedia explains Squatting Toe Balance

Squatting toe balance is sometimes considered a variation of chair pose (utkatasana).

In addition to improving balance, squatting toe balance pose offers the following benefits:

  • Strengthens and improves flexibility in the ankles, toes, knees and thighs
  • Stretches the upper back
  • Strengthens the core abdominal muscles
  • Improves concentration and focus
  • Proves relief for flat feet

Beginners or those struggling with balance may place one or both hands on the ground or use yoga blocks to help balance before attempting prayer position with the hands.

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